Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy degree offers an in-depth and rigorous treatment of astronomy for students intending to pursue careers in basic science.

Degree listings here reflect current requirements. Since actual graduation requirements depend on the specific year which a student enters USC, students should always consult with their faculty advisor to determine course selection.

Sample Program

Bachelor of Science Astronomy

Year 1
FallUnits
Math 125 4
GE - Social Issues 4
WRIT 140 4
Foreign Language 4
Phys 190 1

Total 17
SpringUnits
Math 126 4
Phys 151L 4
GE Requirement 4
Foreign Language 4
   

Total 16
Year 2
FallUnits
Math 226 4
Phys 152L 4
Foreign Language 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Math 245 4
Phys 153L 4
GE Requirement 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 3
FallUnits
Math 445 4
Phys 304 4
Astr 400 4
GE Requirement 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Phys 316 4
Phys 438a 4
Astr 440 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 4
FallUnits
Phys 408a 4
Phys 438b 4
Astr 420 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Astr 410 4
Phys 493L 4
Writ 340 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Requirement Listing
Required Lower Division CoursesUnitsSemester Offered
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 190 Freshman Colloquium (recommended) (1) Fa
MATH 125 Calculus I 4 FaSpSu
MATH 126 Calculus II 4 FaSpSu
MATH 226 Calculus III 4 FaSpSu
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering I
4 FaSp
 
Required Upper Division Courses Units  
ASTR 400 The Solar System 4 Fa Odd Years
ASTR 410 Stellar Astronomy 4 Sp Odd Years
ASTR 420 Galaxies and Cosmology 4 Fa Even Years
ASTR 440 Astrophysics 4 Sp Even Years
PHYS 304 Mechanics 4 Fa
PHYS 316 Introduction to Thermodynamics and
Statistical Physics
4 Sp Odd Years
PHYS 408a Electricity and Magnetism 4 Fa
PHYS 438ab Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
and its Applications
4-4 a-Sp, b-Fa
PHYS 493L Advanced Experimental Techniques 4 Sp
MATH 445 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering II
4 FaSp

Total Units   72  
Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy

The Bachelor of Arts degree is ideal for students pursuing careers in other fields (e.g. law, finance or business management). This degree provides a strong science background in astronomy, while allowing the flexibility to pursue a minor or double major.

Degree listings here reflect current requirements. Since actual graduation requirements depend on the specific year which a student enters USC, students should always consult with their faculty advisor to determine course selection.

Sample Program

Bachelor of Arts Astronomy

Year 1
FallUnits
Math 125 4
GE - Social Issues 4
WRIT 140 4
Foreign Language 4
Phys 190 1

Total 17
SpringUnits
Math 126 4
Phys 151L 4
GE Requirement 4
Foreign Language 4
   

Total 16
Year 2
FallUnits
Math 226 4
Phys 152L 4
GE Requirement 4
Foreign Language 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Math 245 4
Phys 153L 4
GE Requirement 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 3
FallUnits
Phys 304 4
Astr 400 4
GE Requirement 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Phys 316 4
Astr 440 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Year 4
FallUnits
Astr 420 4
Writ 340 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
SpringUnits
Astr 410 4
Phys 493L 4
Elective 4
Elective 4

Total 16
Requirement Listing
Required Lower Division CoursesUnitsSemester Offered
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4 FaSpSu
PHYS 190 Freshman Colloquium (recommended) (1) Fa
MATH 125 Calculus I 4 FaSpSu
MATH 126 Calculus II 4 FaSpSu
MATH 226 Calculus III 4 FaSp
MATH 245 Mathematics of Physics and
Engineering I
4 FaSp
 
Required Upper Division Courses Units  
ASTR 400 The Solar System 4 Fa Odd Years
ASTR 410 Stellar Astronomy 4 Sp Odd Years
ASTR 420 Galaxies and Cosmology 4 Fa Even Years
ASTR 440 Astrophysics 4 Sp Even Years
PHYS 304 Mechanics 4 Fa
PHYS 316 Introduction to Thermodynamics and
Statistical Physics
4 Sp Odd Years
PHYS 493L Advanced Experimental Techniques 4 Sp

Total Units   56  


  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk
  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484